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The island of Lesvos is the north most of the East Aegean Islands and is one of the largest of Greece's 227 inhabited islands. Rife with award-winning beaches, stunning scenery, a wealth of natural attractions and a truly traditional Greek atmosphere, Lesvos is a captivating destination that will lift the heart of any visitor.
Lesvos has been inhabited for many thousands of years, and there have been settlements there since the 11th century BC. It is known by a number of names – you may have heard the island being referred to as Lesbos, but it is more popular amongst true Greeks and educated visitors to refer to the island as Mytilini after the island's capital.
Lesvos' final moniker is the Emerald Island, owing to its lush scenery. Eleven million trees cover almost half of the island and a further third is blanketed by pine, fruit and chestnut trees, leaving only a small percentage of the island treeless. While a wonder in of themselves, these trees are not the most remarkable on the island as it is one of the only places in the world where you can walk through a petrified forest. Turned to stone by ancient volcanos, this forest is thought to be over 20 million years old and is a true natural wonder.
Glorious scenery isn't all Lesvos has to offer – its beaches are renowned throughout Greece as some of the country's best. Skala Eressos draws the crowds all year round, with its clean, soft sands, crystalline waters and the nearby lake that houses friendly turtles that locals feed their leftover lunchs to. The beach on the outskirts of Petra is also well loved and has a bit more of a resort style about it, with sun loungers, parasols and a beach promenade to enjoy, as is Molyvos town beach.